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Pasadena Star-News Shares Cameron Diaz Nugget

In LA, there are each year a number of intriguing celebrity-tinged stories involving fundraising campaigns for local schools. A FishbowlLA favorite was the time Johnny Depp passed on a personal piece of artwork to the Little Red School House in Hollywood.

James Figueroa, a reporter for the Pasadena Star-News, has shared the latest such tale. One that makes extra good sense when you consider the benevolent A-lister’s recent film credit and the fact that this particular film was shot at the very place where an urban garden was dedicated Wednesday:

Actress Cameron Diaz–who filmed Bad Teacher on Altadena’s Eliot Middle School campus during spring break in 2010–the Environmental Media Association and Sony Pictures helped fund the project with a $10,000 donation. Diaz was unavailable for the ceremony, but EMA board member and actor Mehcad Brooks, known primarily for a supporting role on HBO’s vampire saga True Blood, was on hand.

The garden is dedicated to Stephen Scott Buck, a beloved Eliot history teacher who passed away in 2010. The Diaz news was first reported by and also covered by Altadena Patch.

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